Tuesday. 9/17. Gorge wind (yes, there is), upcoming snow, and events.

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 September 17, 2013

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Wind forecast

The cooler, cloudier weather continues today, and so does the west wind. Expect westerlies in the upper teens to low twenties from Hood River to The Dalles this morning, picking up to GUSTY 26-30, maybe at Hood River, but definitely from Mosier east to Maryhill this afternoon as a low pressure system moves inland.

Is it going to be the right direction for The Wall? I wouldn’t put a bet on it, but if you drive preemptively, I bet you’ll get a couple hours in before the direction gets really weird. Best bet today? Doug’s and Rowena. Me, I’m hoping for a Hatch day, not that hope can influence Mother Nature. I’d rather not drive; Driving is for drivers, and I do better on two wheels.

Tomorrow sees strong west wind really early, fading to 21-24 through the whole Gorge for the morning, and dropping to 17-21, strongest in the central Gorge, by afternoon. The wind switches around to east at 21-24 on Thursday, as a very strong low pressure system sets up off the coast and high pressure builds inland. Thursday looks like a lovely day for a long bike ride.

Next chance of rain, for those of you who are wondering, is on Friday, and it’s a pretty good chance of rain, so hopefully the trails will turn tacky again. Also, let it be said that the snow level will fall to 6500′ on Sunday morning, and hover there for the early part of next week.

Today’s Gorge Wind
Your favorite beach Dawn
Steven’s Locks 10-15 10-15 22-25 22-25
Hatch (subtract a few mph for Event Site) 15-18 18-23 26-30 26-30
Doug’s / Rowena / Lyle 10-15 15-18 23-26 26-30+
Maryhill / Rufus / The Wall 10-15 15-18 23-26 26-30+
Arlington / Roosevelt 5-10 10-15 20-24 25-29

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Stuff happening (tonight)

Tonight is the last Triathlon practice of the season. Join the Columbia Gorge Triathlon Club folks at Mayer park at 6pm for swimming, running and biking, followed by a party. Yes, a party. Tri people eat and drink too. Bring food and drinks to share.

Also tonight, you can be safe by paying a $3 cover charge for outdoor music at the Ruins. You can pay $12 and stuff yourself with Prime Rib and French fries at Cebu Lounge from 5-9pm.

Stuff happening (not tonight)

Coming up tomorrow night, you can go whitewater kayaking at 5:30 at Husum, women’s mountain biking leaving Dirty Fingers at 5:30, there’s sailboat racing at the Hood River Marina, pickup rugby at Henkle Middle School at 5:30, and pickup ultimate at 6 at Wy’East middle school. To warm up for all this, hit Karma Yoga, free or by donation, at Flow Yoga in Hood River at 4pm.

Coming up this weekend, there’s the Harvest Ride on Saturday (supporting the Hood River Valley Residents Committee), the Gorge Kids Triathlon (Waterfront Park, Sunday, supporting kids), and the NW Homesteading Fair (Lyle, Saturday, supporting all granola types – sounds fun to me). On Friday and Saturday, Columbia Center for the Arts hosts the Wild and Scenic Film Festival (supporting Crag Law Firm, the anti-Timberline-bike-park law firm, fighting the USFS’s “go” recommendation).

Have an awesome day today!